Indian & American English 3 Differences
If you’re an Indian English speaker, you know that there are differences between the English spoken in South Asia and the English spoken in North America.
Here are American English pronunciations you’ll want to be aware of
- Articulating distinct /v/ & /w/ sounds
- Articulating interdental TH sounds
- Articulating distinct /æ/ and /ɛ/ sounds
The /v/ & /w/ sounds
Most Indian English speakers don’t clearly differentiate between the American /v/ & /w/ sounds. You may use a /v/ sound instead of a /w/ sound in words including:
If you do this, it will sound different, but your listeners should be able to figure out what you said from the context of the sentence.
The TH sound
Most Indian English speakers don’t clearly differentiate between the American Th sound & /d/ sound.
You may use a /d/ sound instead of a TH sound in words including;
And once again, people should be able to figure out what you said from the context of the sentence.
Some sounds are more important than others
Sometimes, using a different sound will leave your listener wondering what you said.
For example, not differentiating between the /æ/ as in Black vowel sound and the /ɛ/ as in Red vowel sound.
Here are three examples:
- expensive (vs. expansive)
- expend (vs. expand)
- commend (vs. command)
In the above words, not using the correct North American vowel sounds, either /æ/ as in Black or /ɛ/ as in Red will create a breakdown in communication.
Listen to the difference between those words here~
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About the author
Susan Ryan is the author of the ConfidentVoice blog and an American English communication and accent reduction coach.